11/30/2013 10:31 PM Christine Chubb (external - login to view)
Fast and Furious star Paul Walker has died in a car accident in California.
He was 40.
His death was first reported by online gossip website TMZ and then confirmed on the actor’s verified Twitter account Saturday evening.
A statement posted on the actor’s Facebook page said Walker was attending a charity event and was a passenger in a friend’s car at the time of the crash.
“We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time,” the statement read.
TMZ reported that the vehicle burst into flames after the collision.
Walker also appeared in such films as Varsity Blues, She’s All That and Pleasantville.
He was currently shooting Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death.
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Actor Paul Walker dies in fiery crash
First posted: Saturday, November 30, 2013 09:59 PM EST | Updated: Saturday, November 30, 2013 11:24 PM EST
Fast & The Furious star Paul Walker has died in a car crash.
Walker was a passenger in a friend's Porsche when the unnamed driver lost control of the vehicle during a charity event in Santa Clarita, California. The sportscar collidied with a tree and burst into flames. Both the driver and Walker were killed.
A statement posted on the actor's official Facebook.com fan page reads: "It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives.
"We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time."
Walkers publicist Ame Van Iden has confirmed his death.
In one of his final interviews, Walker recently told WENN he was enjoying life as a dad to his teenage daughter Meadow after revealing she had moved in with him last year.
He said, "She started living with me last year just when I was leaving to go to work on Fast (& Furious 6). It's really kind of tearing on me trying to maintain the balance. She just turned 15 and it's a critical time. I'm big with analogies so I look at it like this big rocket ship and she's on this launching pad.
"I want to get the trajectory right. It's just me and my daughter and I'm gonna be her dad for the rest of our lives so I want it to be cool. I sure as hell don't want to be looking back and go, 'F***, what if, and I should've been home more'. She's super supportive and is like, 'No, go; this is what you do'. I'm like, 'We've got three years and you're gonna be out of the house. How much longer before you show up with Johnny?'
"We're really honest with each other which is cool. She tells me what her needs are and tries to be a little tougher than I want her to be sometimes. I want her to be more revealing like, 'You're not home enough...' I want her to say those things."
Just a two days before his death, Walker took to Twitter.com to share his Thanksgiving Day thoughts with fans.
He wrote, "Happy Thanksgiving to all celebrating today! Try not to get too full from dinner, seconds, dessert, leftovers, that late night snack..."
He later added a now shocking apt tweet, writing, "When you #LiveFast, there's no definite set of rules."
And on Friday, he posted a photo from the set of the new Fast & Furious movie, featuring himself and co-star Vin Diesel, and added, "The boys are back. Will you be ready?" It turned out to be his last Twitter.com entry.
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it will be interesting to see what affect that will have on the fast and the furious movies.